Did you know that too much sun exposure is not only a factor in aging, it also can cause oral cancer? While many people think of tobacco as the only cause for oral cancer, there are many more causes you may have never thought of and sun exposure is only one of them. Age, excessive alcohol consumption, Human Papilloma Virus (the same virus that causes cervical cancer), and even a diet low in fruits and vegetables are more quiet causes of oral cancer. Oral cancer accounts for about 2% of cancers in women and 3% of cancers in men. It’s serious business! But catching it early makes it much more treatable. That’s why we scan for signs or symptoms at every cleaning and recommend a yearly oral cancer screening as part of your cancer prevention routine.